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Today's newspaper gossip: Real Madrid open Pogba talks; Conte pushing for Candreva

Published on: 21 June 2016
Today's newspaper gossip: Real Madrid open Pogba talks; Conte pushing for Candreva

Champions League winners Real Madrid have opened talks to sign France midfielder Paul Pogba, 23, from Juventus, according to the player's agent.(Marca)

Premier League champions Leicester are ready to pay £30m for Watford striker and captain Troy Deeney, 27, having had two bids rejected. (Telegraph)

Manchester United coach Ryan Giggs, who is expected to leave the club, is a contender for the manager's job at Championship side Nottingham Forest. (Mirror)

Giggs is not in the running to take over at Forest, whose owners hope to appoint a foreign coach and have contacted Spaniard and former Olympiakos boss Michel. (Nottingham Post)

New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is plotting a £57m move for Lazio winger Antonio Candreva, 29, and Italy team-mate and Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, 29. (Sun)

Manager Laurent Blanc will leave Paris St-Germain by the end of the week, says his agent. (Europe 1 via Guardian)

Daily Star

Tuesday's Daily Star

Liverpool are planning a bid for Newcastle and England winger Andros Townsend, 24. (Mirror)

Manchester City are also interested in Townsend, who has a release clause of around £10.5m. (Telegraph)

Everton have opened talks over a £16m deal for Porto's 24-year-old Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar.(Daily Mail)

West Brom are keen on signing Newcastle United's 26-year-old France midfielder Moussa Sissoko.(Birmingham Mail)

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, ex-Ajax head coach Frank de Boer and Andre Villas-Boas are in contention for the vacant AC Milan job.(La Gazzetta dello Sport)

AC Milan striker Fernando Torres, 32, is to sign a one-year deal with Atletico Madrid, where the Spaniard spent last year on loan from the Serie A side.(Marca)

Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Norwich are keen on 21-year-old Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola.(GetReading)


Tuesday's Sun

Swansea are ready to offer midfielder Leon Britton and full-back Angel Rangel, both 33, new contracts as they look to retain two of the senior figures in Francesco Guidolin's squad.(South Wales Evening Post)

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal is not in the running for the vacant Southampton job.(Sheffield Star)

Burnley are yet to receive any bids for defender Michael Keane, 23, with Premier League champions Leicester and Everton interested in the player.(Burnley Express)

West Brom have made a £4m bid for QPR winger Matt Phillips, 25, a year after they were unable to agree a fee. (Birmingham Mail)

Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, 19, could miss the start of the season if he is called up by Nigeria for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.(Manchester Evening News)

The best of social media

He was snubbed by Ronaldo after Iceland's historic 1-1 draw with Portugal, but Aron Gunnarsson has finally got his hands on the forward's shirt... ">">finally got his hands on the forward's shirt...

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Iceland team-mate Gylfi Sigurdsson posted this picture of Aron Gunnarsson with Ronaldo's Portugal shirt. A social media campaign #shirtsforaron was set up after the game with fans offering to swap their shirts with the Iceland captain

Footballers love an aeroplane selfie from international duty. Argentina's Erik Lamela tweeted one with team-mates Gonzalo Higuain from the Copa America, while Bastian Schweinsteiger posted one from Germany's private plane alongside goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Injured Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been in the gym before the new season. He posted a picture on Instagram of him training on an exercise bike as he recovers from the thigh injury which ruled him out of Euro 2016. ">">Instagram of him training on an exercise bike as he recovers from the thigh injury which ruled him out of Euro 2016.

And finally

'Will Grigg's on fire' might be the song of the summer, and England fans have now adapted the lyrics to honour striker Jamie Vardy, (


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